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“Thailand’s New Security Plan Highlights Threats to the Throne” by Supalak Ganjanakhundee

2019/100, 27 November 2019 Thailand announced last week a new plan and policy guideline for national security. The guideline foresees global geo-political changes presenting insignificant threats to the country in the years ahead. But it regards domestic issues, notably declining faith in the monarchy and political divisions, as greater concerns.
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"The South China Sea: More Dangerous and Unstable" by Daljit Singh

2019/99, 26 November 2019 Contrary to the views of some in Southeast Asia that the South China Sea (SCS) is already ‘’lost” to China, the US regards it very much as a contested zone between the US and China. This contest is heating up as the US steps up pressure…
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“Myanmar at the ICJ: Intent and Implications” by Moe Thuzar

2019/98, 22 November 2019 On 20 November 2019, Myanmar’s social media sphere was set a-twitter with the announcement on Facebook by the Office of the State Counsellor that Aung San Suu Kyi – in her capacity as Foreign Minister – would head a team to the International Court of Justice…
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“Tough Challenges Facing the Future Forward Party after Thanathorn’s Setback in Court” by Termsak Chalermpalanupap

2019/97, 21 November 2019 On 20 November, Thailand’s Constitutional Court ruled that Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit must give up his seat in parliament position for having failed to dispose of his shares in a publishing firm before standing for election last March. This decision will have far-reaching political…
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“Papal Visits and the State of Interreligious Relations in Thailand” by Katewadee Kulabkaew

2019/96, 20 November 2019Pope Francis, the supreme head of the Roman Catholic Church, is visiting Thailand this week. His is the second papal visit in 35 years to this predominantly Buddhist country, where Catholics account for only 0.5 per cent of the population.
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"Southeast Asian Engagement with the Trump Administration" by Malcolm Cook

2019/95, 19 November 2019President Trump’s absences from the East Asia Summit in Singapore last year and in Bangkok two weeks ago have been criticized as a sign of American disengagement from Southeast Asia and ASEAN. Similar criticisms were made of President Obama’s absence from the East Asia Summit in 2013.…
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"Beyond Race: Historical Voting Patterns Indicate that Urban/Rural Differences Shape Political Preferences in the Upcoming Tanjung Piai By-election" by Kevin Zhang

2019/94, 14 November 2019 Numerous commentators have highlighted that racial identity is a crucial indicator of political preferences in the upcoming Tanjung Piai by-election. Tanjung Piai is a racially mixed constituency with 57% Malays, 42% Chinese and 1% Indian voters. Despite being classified as a rural constituency, the Tanjung Piai…
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“What India’s Withdrawal from RCEP Means for ASEAN, India and the Indo-Pacific Concept” by Tang Siew Mun

2019/93, 6 November 2019 The 35th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits in Nonthaburi, Thailand, took a surprising turn when Prime Minister Narendra Modi pulled India out of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations on 4 November 2019. In his statement announcing the withdrawal, Prime Minister Modi explained that the…
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“Anand Panyarachun and Royal Intervention in Thai Politics” by Supalak Ganjanakhundee

2019/92, 5 November 2019 “Shane! Come back!”, King Bhumibol said to former Prime Minister Anand Panyarachun during a royal audience at the time of the latter’s return to the Thai premiership following the bloody incidents of May 1992. Anand had first assumed the premiership after the Thai military seized power…
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"US Downgrading of Summit Representations Sets Worrying Precedent for ASEAN" by Tang Siew Mun and Glenn Ong

2019/91, 1 November 2019 For the first time since the US joined the East Asia Summit (EAS) in 2011, the US delegation will not be led by top officials at the presidential or ministerial level. Since the EAS was established in 2005, no participating country has been represented by an…
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